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STUDY AIMS TO UPGRADE CENTRAL LIBRARY

The Central Library on Lafayette Square will be the focus of a new study that will help library officials make the building a prime destination spot in the 52-branch library system.

Board members of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library voted unanimously Thursday to spend $25,000 on a space design study to be conducted by the Jamestown firm Habiterra. The firm was selected through a bid proposal process.

"The library basically hasn't had a face-lift since it was built," said Ami M. Savigny, spokeswoman for the library system. "We want to make it a destination spot, a welcoming place that people will want to return to."

The study will be funded by the Library Foundation, using grant money provided by the Oishei Foundation. It is expected to take 20 to 25 weeks to complete, Savigny said.

Inmates to get more access to clergy

A program to provide inmates at Erie County Holding Center increased access to clergy was announced Thursday by Sheriff Patrick Gallivan.

The Community Clergy Initiative, according to the sheriff, will allow inmates to have visits from spiritual advisers who serve at houses of worship where the incarcerated were affiliated before their detention or from clergy recommended to them.

In the past, inmates were allowed to meet with holding center chaplains, but because of strict guidelines for obtaining credentials at the downtown Delaware Avenue jail, it was difficult for outside clergy to visit inmates.

"We recognize the importance of reaching out to the clerical community and providing them easier access to inmates who request visits," Gallivan said.

Heart Walk dedicated to late pilot

This year's Buffalo American Heart Walk, which will start at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Buffalo State College Sports Arena, will be dedicated to the memory of Christopher Mazurkiewicz, son of Heart Walk Chairman Jerry Mazurkiewicz. Registration begins at 9.

Christopher Mazurkiewicz, a pilot and an emergency medical technician, died in July when his small plane crashed near Binghamton. Part of the proceeds from the 5-kilometer fun walk will be donated to the 911 Disaster Fund, which will assist the families of firefighters who lost their lives in the last week's disasters in New York City. For information, call 564-1100.

Pan-Am event to mark 'Buffalo Days'

Games, crafts and children's activities, including origami gondolas -- all inspired by the Pan-American Exposition -- will highlight "Buffalo Days" from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum.

Commemorating Buffalo Day, which was held Oct. 19, 1901, drawing 160,000 people to the exposition -- the single-day record for the six-month world's fair -- the event also will feature demonstrations by area manufacturers, a tug-of-war between city police officers and firefighters, walking tours of the original exposition grounds, an exhibit of mammals and raptors from Hawk Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and musical performances.

"We're going to celebrate one of the biggest days in Buffalo history with a commemoration of the past and a look at the future," said Linda G. Ray, Historical Society director of communications and development.

Admission to the Nottingham Court museum and its exhibits, including "Spirit of the City: Imagining the Pan-American Exposition," will be $1 both days.

College has online courses for Army

Empire State College has been chosen to provide courses via the Internet for the Army, using a new e-learning portal administered by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The college also provides online classes for the Navy and is one of only four institutions of higher learning to provide distance learning for both branches of service.

Holy Angels Academy plans open house

Holy Angels Academy, 24 Shoshone Drive, will hold an open house for seventh- and eighth-grade girls and their families from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 30 and from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 1.

The event will enable visitors to tour the school, meet faculty members and current students and learn about programs, including college-level subjects offered in cooperation with Canisius and D'Youville colleges and Niagara University.

Taylor to speak on Children's Hospital

Henry L. Taylor, director of the University at Buffalo Center for Urban Studies, will give a presentation on "What Does Children's Hospital Mean to the Neighborhood?" at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The presentation, sponsored by the Children First Coalition, will be held at Casa di Pizza, 477 Elmwood Ave. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.

Tree will be planted for world peace

Native American Community Services will hold a ceremony in which a tree will be planted for world peace at 11 a.m. Sunday at 1005 Grant St.

The white pine tree is a symbol of peace to the Iroquois nations, a reminder to people that we are to live in peace with one another and to be thankful for our families and what the creator has given the people. For information, call 874-4460.

Teen center to hold open house, tours

An open house and tours of the newly renovated Tosh Collins Teen Center in Cazenovia Park will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, South Council Member Mary M. Martino has announced.

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